2nd Annual International Hot Air Balloon Photography Competition Extended Deadline June 16, 2013

2012 1st Place, Mèlie’s Dream                © Fran Forman

2nd Place                                                        3rd Place

The City of Longview and the Great Texas Balloon Race  is hosting the Balloon Federation of America National Hot Air Balloon Championship from 2012 – 2015. We are holding our 2nd Annual International Hot Air Balloon Photography Competition that will be on display while the Hot Air Balloonists are in Longview. The exhibit will be on display from July 22 – September 13, 2013.

Entry Fees

The entry fee of $35 for up to 5 images. Photographers may enter up to 10 images only at $5 each additional.


The Hot Air Balloon exhibit will consist of 60 prints in the physical gallery and online. The winning entries will be projected at the balloonists dinner.

Best of Show – $500

2nd Place – $250

3rd Place – $150

According to Wikipedia: “The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is in a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft. On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first untethered manned flight was made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers. Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.”

Send us your best shot of the oldest human-carrying flight technology, the hot air balloon. The hot air balloon does not have to be in the air, but the photograph has to have an element of the hot air balloon in the image. Get creative !


DR. BILL BUSSEY is a dentist in Longview, Texas, an avid hot air balloon pilot and official world record holder in balloon flights. He is the founder of The Great Texas Balloon Race and the first person to organize a “Balloon Glow” at a public event (1980 Great Texas Balloon Race) – balloon glows are now a part of hot air balloon festivals and events around the world.

Bussey states how his interest and entrance in hot air ballooning began, “I was skiing in Aspen, Colorado and saw two hot air balloons tethered on a rugby field and I just sat down in awe!” Bussey says that it was just a few months after that experience that he had his first opportunity to buy and interest in a fellow Texan’s hot air balloon. That investment quickly led to a second investment with three other partners when they bought a new balloon.

Since that beginning, Bussey has logged over 3,000 hours flying hot air balloons. According to Bussey’s website, as a competitive pilot he has won 35 championships; has finished in the top 3 in more than 100 events; is a perennial top 10 competitor at the US National Championships, and has represented the US in World competition three times.

In 1986, Bussey set his first world record. It became a drive and over the years since, he has set 29 US and 14 World hot air balloon records. A summation of some of the most important record setting flights can be found on Bussey’s website.

Bussey’s website lists some of his accomplishments

HARVEY STEIN is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City.  He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography. Stein is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport.  A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, Stein’s latest book, his fifth, Coney Island 40 Years, was published in June of 2011 (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd).

Stein’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe—73 one-person and over 140 group shows to date.  He has also curated 22 exhibits since 2007. His photographs are in more than 55 permanent collections, including the George Eastman House, Bibliotheque Nationale, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, etc. Stein’s photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, etc and all the major photography magazines.

His work is represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art, New York City. Stein’s work can be seen on his web sites, www.harveysteinphoto.com and www.coneyisland40years.com.

When Emailing Digital Files

1. Files should be 1080 pixels in the longest dimension saved in the JPEG format on high quality setting (not maximum). Images should be sampled at 72ppi and saved in the sRGB color space. Email entry to

  1. Label each file with consecutive numbers followed by your name .ie  JaneDoe_01.jpg – no spaces and only alpha-numeric characters – maximum of 28 characters.
  2. Email entries to
  3. You can online safely and securely here: http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi?store=tccphoto and click on the 2013 International Hot Air Balloon Competition with jurors: Dr. Bill Bussey and Harvey Stein

The show opens July 22 at Maude Cobb Activity Center (where the pilots meet each morning), with artist reception on July 25, and is up at Maude Cobb through July 28. The exhibit then moves to TCC PHOTO | GALLERY located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, TX through the end of the show September 13.

TCC PHOTO | GALLERY is the only fine art photography gallery in North East Texas, specifically in Longview, TX. TCC was first a commercial studio, then in 2006 we opened the gallery with the inaugural exhibit of Muhammad Ali, photographs by Sonia Katchian. We were the first US gallery to host the Holga Inspire exhibit in 2009. We have also shown, Dennis Fagan, O. Rufus Lovett, Scott C. Campbell, Polly Chandler, Mary Ann Lynch, Laura Pickett Calfee, Pat Brown, Danea Males, Texas Photographic Society, Susan Burnstine, Orville Robertson, Tami Bone, Robert Langham, and Blue Earth Alliance photographers Camille Seaman, TCC, Rebecca Norris Web, Phil Borges, Perry Dilbert, Janis Miglav, John Trotter, and Benjamin Drummon.


All accepted photographs are for sale. The commission charged will be 50% of the sales price. Print your name, address, telephone numbers (work and home), and sales amount on the back of each print accepted.


TCC will exercise all due care in handling prints, but will not be responsible for loss or damage or replacement.


TCC retains the right to display, project and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers retain Copyrights to their individual works.


The exhibition is open to amateur and professional photographers from anywhere in the world. The photograph has to have an element of the hot air balloon in the image.

Download Entry Form Here:

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If Your Work is Accepted

1. Send one Framed exhibition print for each accepted photograph.

2. Prints must be mounted, over-matted to museum standards using white matte board with 2″ borders and framed- exceptions are permitted, but must be approved. Use plexiglass instead of glass if you are shipping prints.

  1. Include return postage for prints to be shipped back to you after the exhibition or include a check for $15 (more for international entries) which would include shipping and $300 insurance. Prints WITHOUT postage will not be returned. Prints will be returned in the container in which they were received. Do NOT use peanuts when shipping. All photographs accepted into show, photographer gives release to use the image for future publicity by TCC PHOTO | GALLERY.

Ship prints to:


207 N. Center St.

Longview, TX 75601


Important Dates

Accepting Entries February 28, 2013

Deadline for Entries May 23, 2013 – Extended Deadline June 16, 2013

June ?, 2013 Winners Announced

July 1 Hot Air Balloon framed prints due

July 22   Hot Air Balloon Opens

July 25 Hot Air Balloon Artist’s reception and Downtown Artwalk at Maude Cobb

Name _________________________________________________________

address ________________________________________________________

City ___________________________________________________________

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Home phone ____________________________________________________

Work phone ____________________________________________________

email address ___________________________________________________

Please include the following information:

Title - As you want it to appear in the exhibit and online.

Process – tell us your process whether it is Silver gelatin, Platinum, Type C print, Lightjet, Digital pigment print

Sale Price

Entry Fees

$35 for up to 5 images

Additional at $5 per image up to 10

Total Enclosed: $

Payment method: Visa _____ Mastercard _____ Discover________

Number: ______________________________________________

Expiration Date:___________ 3 digit code _____


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About tccphotoblog

Tammy Cromer-Campbell photographs commercial, executive portraits, people, places, and things. Her first book was published by UNT Press, Fruit of the Orchard | Environmental Justice in East Texas. She is currently working on the film documentary that originates from Fruit of the Orchard. Her studio/gallery is located in downtown Longview, Texas and on the web at https://tccphoto.com/gallery
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